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Distinguished Finalist

Vance Tomasi

Tampa, Florida

Vance Tomasi, 12, of Tampa, Fla., a sixth-grader at Farnell Middle School, is the co-founder of a book collection initiative called “read.repeat.,” and over 15 months has donated more than 40,000 books to 74 locations in 29 states. Vance’s efforts have included partnering with his school system to distribute books to Title 1 schools, collecting books for a school destroyed by a fire, and recruiting volunteer support from friends and fellow scouts.